Avon / HarperCollins
Date: February 2004
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Notes: Rated E for explicit sex and some vulgarity
By Gennita Low
CIA operations chief,
Rick Harden's boss has been arrested for treason. Now Rick's under
suspicion as well. Further complicating matters, Rick has a romantic
interest for the first time since his wife Leah was killed. Her
resemblance to Leah is spooky.
More than spooky--Nikki really is
Leah, back from the dead. Leah, a CIA operative, was on a mission
that went sour. After she was captured, she was tortured and raped
daily until her rescue.
All memory gone, Leah was reborn as Nikki
Taylor. She knew she had a husband, but she had no memory of him
nor of the love which they had shared. She couldn't bear the thought
of fulfilling her "wifely duties" with a stranger. She
lets him continue to think that Leah is dead.
Then one day she is offered a chance to find out
who had compromised her mission. The only catch is that she must
discover the truth behind the accusations against Rick. To do this
she must interview him. He sets all sorts of bizarre rules that
she must follow during the interviews. She must leave her long hair
hanging loosely about her shoulders. She may not wear any undergarments.
Desperate for answers, she agrees.
This is a strange book. It's filled with incredibly
steamy sex that left me cold. Rick seems like just one more guy
using and abusing Nikki. The fact that she ultimately enjoys it
doesn't mitigate the fact that she finds him terrifying.
It's apparent that this is a continuation
of a series. I frequently felt as if I had begun reading in the
middle of the story. All was made clear eventually, though it took
quite a bit of time. Muddling along, there would suddenly be a passage
of such intense action that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
This series could be quite successful once the author masters the
technique of filling in sufficient background so new readers are
not confused. Even with all the confusion, the ending definitely
left me anxious to read Ms. Low's next book.